Australia kickstarted their tri-series campaign in fine style as they thumped West Indies by six wickets in the second ODI of the series at the Province Stadium in Guyana in Sunday. Spinners played a crucial role in the fantastic victory over the hosts.
Steve Smith won the toss and asked West Indies to bat first on a wicket that did not look favourable for the batsmen right from the start of the game.
Mitchell Starc announced his comeback with a bang as he picked up the wicket of Andre Fletcher in his very first over of the match. He went on to bag one more scalp and finished with figures of 9-0-37-2.
Then, the two Australia spinners joined the party. Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa picked up six wickets together (three each) to run through the West Indies batting order. Offspinner Glenn Maxwell also picked up a wicket.
As a result, West Indies were bowled out for a paltry score of 116.
The wicket got a little bit better to bat on in the second innings. David Warner continued with his IPL form, as he scored a half-century. Warner remained unbeaten on 55 from as many balls and made sure that his side would go over the line comfortably.
Sunil Narine was the only bowler who troubled the Australia batsmen, but that was not enough to stop them from reaching the target. Narine, who picked up his career-best ODI figures in the opening match of the tri-series against South Africa, took two wickets and finished with figures of 10-0-36-2.
Suleiman Benn and skipper Jason Holder picked up a wicket each. At the end, it was way too easy for Australia as they reached the target with six wickets in hand and 146 balls to spare. This win earned them a bonus points as well.
Nathan Lyon was adjudged the man of the match for his performance with the ball.